The Systemic Nature of Sin

The Bible does not commence with the fall of man. It begins in the very beginning with God. God created for six days and called all that He created good. Then comes The Fall. We know the account of how Adam and Eve sinned, but what we forget is that sin seeped out of their hearts and infected all of creation thereafter. Working the land, tending animals, marriage, birthing and raising children, all became intertwined with sin.

Sin is not only in human hearts, but in all of creation. It is not just in individuals, but in that which people create. Sin gets into how we do everything. When a contractor cuts corners on a building project, resulting in compromised work, the ensuing edifice contains that sin. Perhaps safety measures were abandoned requiring a bribe to inspectors. It does not mean the building needs to repent, but it does mean that it needs that error rooted out and corrected to reform the building to its proper specifications.

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American Reform for Black Lives

Welcome to my WORLDVIEW BULLETIN:

I hope everyone had wonderful celebrations of our nation’s Independence this past weekend. While we are aptly reminded that not all Americans experienced liberty on that famous day of July, the groundwork was laid for a nation under God and not under a foreign monarchy or a nation where the State is god. Without that liberty being foundational to America, we would all be experiencing a very different world. But at the same time, we would be grievously remiss to ignore those whose freedom came much too late and who are still rightly fighting for the full enjoyment of that precious liberty.

It is easy for those of us who do not face challenges of race to think all this was taken care of with the civil rights legislation in the 1960’s. But how many of us know that laws alone do not change a culture? Even when good laws are in place, laws and policies of injustice can and do remain.

Do we really want to return to normal?

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Kingdom Worldview Modality

Worldviews are complex edifices that we use to acquire, filter, and disseminate knowledge. They run deeper than the content we consume and the ideas we hold true. They also drive the mood with which we emanate knowledge. Sometimes this looks like an attitude from which we share our knowledge. It is also a way in which we hear information or categorize the people around us. Our worldview mood can be healthy or unhealthy. It can carry love, hope, and good will, or it can take that same information and be destructive, critical, and forceful. At lot depends on how much we have cultivated and matured our worldview modality.

The Christian worldview is more than what we think, but also the way we think. We can be biblical in knowledge and still not be like Jesus in mature wisdom and compassion. We can pass the knowledge test and fail the mood test. Often, I agree with someone in content and yet disagree in perspective on that content. There are ways of thinking that we have fallen into as Christians, especially my fellow Christian conservatives, that betray a mood that undermines our desire to see true discipleship that builds nations. One major crippling persona we take on is that of the victim.

Modern Christianity is plagued with the mood of the victim. Someone somewhere is doing something to us. “They” are preventing us from liberty, mission, life, good education, good marriages, good family values, good movies, good television, (fill in the blank). “They” may be unbelievers, people of a different political persuasion, the government, foreign governments, the United Nations, or maybe we have boiled it all down to “the enemy.”

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Book Review: History & Eschatology by NT Wright

When I first learned that NT Wright had written a book from his Gifford Lectures on history and eschatology, I knew I had to read it. Wright is a masterful New Testament scholar. He is a true academic in the highest sense of the word.

The Gifford Lectures were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820-1887) in Edinburgh, Glasgow (Scotland). His endowment for the creation of these elite lectures were to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term—in other words, the knowledge of God.”

Wright argues in his lectures and now published book, History and Eschatology, that the Gifford Lectures themselves need a worldview shift in order to fully and successfully engage their mission. His argument unfolds in great precision throughout his book. It is an argument relevant to all historians, biblical scholars, and believers.

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Book Review: Tom Holland’s Dominion

With eager anticipation I awaited the book Dominion: How Christian Revolution Remade the World written by British historian, Tom Holland, who I first heard on the podcast Unbelievable in a conversation with the renowned New Testament scholar, NT Wright.

Opening gifts from my husband Christmas morning, delight arose within me when I tore off the Christmas wrappings to find Dominion by Tom Holland. The weight of it lay heavy in my hands. I had not realized it was such a tome. It filled my January. I read it cover to cover in twenty-seven days.

Dominion explores the thesis that Christianity undergirds the modern world. Christianity has shaped us all. Read more

Maturing Your Worldview

Worldviews provide an infrastructure for thinking. Most of us have not built out a large enough infrastructure to house the truth God wants us to live out. Modern Christians operate in a very small sphere. Eternal truths are put in a spiritual box divorced from practical truths of life that matter in the physical world. Read more

Denouncing Deconstruction

Deconstruction is not a Christian practice. Truth comes from divine revelation. It is received, it is not constructed. Theology is not the practice of constructing truth, it is the practice of applying true revelation to every area of life.

Some applied theology has taken centuries for a culture to change the way it thinks to accurately apply the truth. We have seen this in how Christian societies have shifted from people who persecute heretics to a people who enumerate civil law to protect freedom of religion. Read more

Diminishing Distinctions

When we see truth in a non-Christian worldview, we see what it adopted from what is real, what is true, what is Christian. We did not need to go to that worldview to find it, for it is already present in what God has revealed as true. They borrowed from truth, not the other way around. We notice it only because we know what truth looks like as the Holy Spirit and Scriptures are our tutor. However, when we borrow what is not Christian, what is not true, from a foreign worldview we borrow that which belongs the prince of lies. We borrow that which deceives, binds, destroys, Read more

Our Father Speaks: God’s Masculinity

Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” They replied, “some say you are John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Jesus pressed further, “but who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, Son of the Living God.” Jesus answers, “Blessed are you Simon, Son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”

Likewise, Moses asked God: When I go and tell the Israelites the God of their ancestors have sent me and they ask me your name, who do I say has sent me? God replies, “I AM WHO I AM.” Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.

Unlike idols, and man-made gods, the Creator of the Universe tells us who He is. Read more

Rethinking The End Times

Eschatology can make or break a nation. Our worldview has practical ramifications on our nation. Thinking the goal of the Christian life is more souls in heaven has a particular result in the here and now. Thinking the goal of the Christian life is to have more heaven on earth will have another result in the here and now. The power of the Kingdom to affect our world depends upon where we put it. If the Kingdom of God is where we go when we die, or waiting in our post-rapture life, then it does not do much for society now.

But if we are already seated in heavenly places with the ascended Christ, then Read more